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Exile and Exclosure Conference: May 13-15, 2016 at Cornell University
For more information: Exile and Enclosure Program
Research and Teaching Interests
My research and teaching interests are eclectic although focused primarily on the modern histories of Mexico and Chile. My first book, Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (Duke, 2004), examined the cartographic routines (exploration, surveying, and mapping) that helped forge the Mexican state in the 19th and 20th centuries. The book is part of a broader interest I have in geography, the history of cartography, and spatial theory more generally. I continue to pursue these interests in my teaching and in a short book project on history, geography and obsessions with the 'route' of Cortes by 19th and 20th century writers and travelers.
My second book, The Cry of the Renegade, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Taking the 1920 death of the young poet Jose Domingo Gomez Rojas as its aperture, the book looks at the remarkable bonds of solidarity forged among workers, students, and worker-intellectuals in the late 1910s and government efforts to break them. The project reflects my interests more broadly in the histories of anarchism and literature. These interests are reflected also in a recent collection I co-edited with Barry Maxwell (Comparative Literature): No Gods No Masters No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms (PM Press, 2015).
I am currently researching and writing on right-wing libertarian 'escape geographies,' particularly post-1945. This work looks at the long lineage of anarcho-capitalist thinking that has come back to the fore in recent years with the rise of Silicon Valley opt-out culture, sea-steaders, and privatized space travel.
I regularly teach courses--and train graduate students--in the fields of modern Latin American history; history, geography and social theory; and histories of anarchism.
For more information and links to current courses, go to: History's Courses Page
Ph.D. Yale University, 2001
M.A. University of New Mexico, 1994
B.A. Eastern Michigan University, 1990
Recent Publications and Awards
For a full listing of publications, see my CV. Most publications are available also on my academia.edu site.
The Cry of the Renegade: The Politics and Poetry of Subversion, Santiago, Chile 1920 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).
(edited with Barry Maxwell) No Gods No Masters No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms (PM Press, 2015).
Martirio, memoria, historia: Sobre los subversivos y la expulsión de Casimiro Barrios, 1920 (Santiago: Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Colección Signos de la Memoria, 2015).
Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004) (Spanish translation "Mexico Cartografico: Una historia de limites fijos y paisajes fugitivos" (Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas, UNAM, 2014)).
Articles and chapters:
"Decolonization and Cartography," in James Akerman, ed., From Colony to Nation-State: Mapping Decolonization (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming spring 2016).
"Decolonization and Independence," in Mark Monmonier, ed., The History of Cartography: Volume 6. The Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
"A Foreword" in Maxwell and Craib, eds., No Gods No Masters No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms (PM Press, 2015)
"Anarchism and Alterity: The Expulsion of Casimiro Barrios from Chile, 1920," in Maxwell and Craib, eds., No Gods No Masters No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms (PM Press, 2015).[A slightly different version appears in Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer, eds., In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History (University of Florida Press, 2015)]
"Sedentary anarchists," in Constance Bantman and Bert Altena, eds., Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies. Routledge Studies in Cultural History. (Routledge, 2014).
"The properties of counterinsurgency: On Joel Wainwright's Geopiracy," Dialogues in Human Geography (March, 2014).
"Mexico City Modern: A review essay," Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy (Spring 2014).
"Migration and Labor in the Americas: Praxis, Knowledge and Nations" (co-authored with Mark Overmyer-Velázquez), Hispanic American Historical Review (May 2012).
"The Firecracker Poet: Three Poems of José Domingo Gómez Rojas," New Letters: A Magazine of Writing & Art 78: 1 (Fall 2011).
"The Life of a Map," in Jordana Dym and Karl Offen, eds., Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
"Historical Geographies," in Jordana Dym and Karl Offen, eds., Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
“The Archive in the Field: Document, Discourse and Space in Mexico’s Agrarian Reform,” Journal of Historical Geography 36: 4 (Oct. 2010).
“Students, anarchists and categories of persecution in Chile, 1920,” A Contracorriente 8: 1 (Fall 2010).
“Relocating Cartography, Postcolonial Studies 12: 4 (Dec. 2009).
“El archivo en el campo: espacio, conocimiento y deslindes en la reforma agraria mexicana," in Hctor Mendoza Vargas y Carla Lois (coords), Historias de la Cartografia de Iberoamrica: Nuevos caminos, viejos problemas (Mexico: Instituto de Geografia, UNAM / Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia, Mexico, 2009).
“Peasants, Politics and History: Teaching Agrarian History and Historiography.” Radical History Review 88 (Winter 2004).
“Standard Plots and Rural Resistance.” In Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy Henderson, eds., The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2003).
“A Nationalist Metaphysics: State Fixations, National Maps, and the Geo-Historical Imagination in Nineteenth –Century Mexico.” Hispanic American Historical Review 82:1 (February 2002).
“Cartography and Power in the Conquest and Creation of New Spain.” Latin American Research Review 35:1 (Spring 2000).
“Discurso cartográfico en el Mexico Porfiriato.” In Hector Mendoza Vargas, coord., Mexico a través de los mapas (Plaza y Valdés Editores y Instituto de Geografía, UNAM, México, 2000).
(with D. Graham Burnett), “Insular Visions: Cartographic Imagery and the Spanish American War.” The Historian 61:1 (Fall 1998).
“Re-‘covering’ Chinese in Mexico.” The American Philatelist 112:5 (May 1998).
Some Good Links:
Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences' Theme Project 2012-2015: Contested Global Landscapes: Property, Governance, Economy and Livelihoods on the Ground
"Sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction."
The National Security Archive.
School of the Americas Watch website--organizing to close the School of Assassins.
The Independent Media Center
Thomas Kennedy, author of, among many other novels, Greene's Summer about a Chilean exile in Copenhagen. Kennedy is currently translating works on the life and work of Inge Genefke, founder of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.
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